March 31, 2013 27 Comments
Another month in which I gave up on two books. I don’t do this lightly, but if a book bores me at page 80 or 100, and I read another 30 pages, and it still bores me, I give up! It’s sad, but I’d rather be reading a book I’m enjoying.
I also read some really nice books this month. And somehow a higher than average number of thrillers. I must have been in thriller mood when I asked for them. Also, I read some YA books, which I don’t read very often. Because of the Easter weekend read-a-thon, I got to a rather high number of books for this month!
Books that stood out:
The First Book of Calamity Leek by Paula Lichtarowicz. I loved this book. I had no idea what to expect and even as I was reading it I didn’t know what kind of story this was going to be. But it was very well-written and very surprising.
The Dinner by Herman Koch, which I read in Dutch. It was a re-read for me. I’ve seen so many reviews on the blogs since the book is out in English that I wanted to read it again myself. Well, I loved it. I think it’s a great book. Only the ending is a bit… much. 🙂
This is what I read
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The First Book of Calamity Leek by Paula Lichtarowicz. Brilliant but strange story about a girl who lives in a kind of farm with her 12 “sisters”. Outside the wall are injuns and demonmales. It takes a long time before you know what’s going on. And is this historical or modern fiction, fantasy or post-apocalyptic SF? 5 stars.
There was an Old Woman by Hallie Ephron. Thriller about an old woman who is let to believe she has to go into a care home. 4,5 stars
Love Water Memory by Jennie Shortridge. A woman loses her memory and her fiancé picks her up from the hospital. Not a thriller but a good story on how they try to get their relationship started again. 4.5 stars
The Double by Jose Saramago. A fun story about a man who discovers that there is someone in his home town who looks (and talks) identical to himself. 4 stars
Predictably Irrational by Dan Ariely. Non-fiction psychology about how people tend to be consistently irrational. With examples from his own research and real-life examples. 4 stars
Dark Tide by Elizabeth Haynes. Thriller about a woman whose past as a pole dancer in a shady club comes back to haunt her. 4 stars
MWF Seeking BFF by Rachel Bertsche. Non-fiction (memoir) about a woman who moves to a new town and tries to make new friends by “dating” someone new every week for a year. 4 stars
Harlequin’s Costume by Leonid Yuzefovich. Harlequin’s Costume by Leonid Yozefovich. A Russian detective in the 1870s has to find the murderer of a Austrian diplomat. 4 stars.
Gone: Fear by Michael Grant. Fifth book in the Gone series. Finally some action! 4 stars
The Lens and the Looker by Lory Kaufman. YA Science fiction, time travel. 4 stars.
Starters by Lissa Price. YA Science fiction. After an attack, only young and very old people are left. The elders want to use the young bodies for themselves via a mechanism that let them live in the body. Of course, this has to be stopped. 4 stars.
The End of the Point by Elizabeth Graver. Historical fiction. Started really good, but after changing view points (and time setting) twice I lost interest. Did not finish.
Flamenco Baby by Cherry Radford. An English woman takes flamenco lessons in Spain and falls in love. DNF
Het Diner [The Dinner] by Herman Koch. A re-read because of the interest in other countries for this book. Loved it even more than last time. 5 stars
De toeschouwer [The Observer] by Charlotte Link [Dutch, originally German]. Thriller about a man who observes people in his street. When one of them is the victim of a crime, he is immediately suspect. 5 stars
De wake [The Wake] by Ronald Giphart [Dutch]. Three long short stories with three impossible narrators: a dead man, a boy in a coma and the heart of a young woman. 4.5 stars.
Zoet als zure kersen [Sweet as Morello Cherries] by Claudia Schreiber [Dutch, originally German]. An over-protected girl and a girl left to her own devices meet by accident. Their meeting has great consequences. 4.5 stars
Een stil vertrek [A Quiet Departure] by Annette Zeelenberg [Dutch]. A Dutch woman suddenly leaves her home in the Netherlands and moves to a job in the USA. But she can’t shake off her past. 4 stars
Maar buiten is het feest [But Outside It’s Party-Time] by Arthur Japin. [Dutch] A woman recalls how she was abused by her stepfather and now tries to stop the same fate from happening to her niece. 4 stars
De vergelding [The Retalliation] by Jan Brokken. [Dutch] Non-fiction about a small Dutch town in WWII where seven men where killed by the Germans after one soldier is lethally wounded through what may have been sabotage. 4 stars
De leeuw en zijn hemd [The Lion and its undershirt] by Nelleke Noordervliet [Dutch]. Non-fiction historical essay about Dutch history and being Dutch. 3.5 stars.
De wezenlozen [The Vacant Ones] by Wytske Versteeg [Dutch]. Contemporary fiction about a family in which one of the twin girls hasn’t talked since she was six years old. 3.4 stars
Reviews of books I read before March
Various Pets Alive and Dead by Marina Lewycka. With strongly left-wing parents, a man is scared to tell his parents of his banker’s job with fat bonuses. 4.5 stars
A Perfect Proposal by Katie Fforde. 4 stars
Gone: Plague by Michael Grant [review in Dutch]. Fourth book in the Gone series. Continuing much like the third book. 4 stars
What was YOUR favorite book in March?